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Important Dates Fall 2021

Application Deadline: October 29
Notification of Acceptance: November 26
Program Begins: 1st week of Spring semester

Google Form Application Instructions:

1. Answer questions
2. Provide contact information for one academic reference
3. Upload your CV/resume using the following naming criteria: LastName_CV_2021
4. You will receive an e-mail confirming your submission.
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Call for 2022-2023 Applicants!

We will be accepting students in Spring 2022. For more detailed instructions, please read through the information, below.


The Hubbard Brook Field Ornithology Program is open to Cornell undergraduates in their first, second or third years. This provides time to develop a research project before going into the field during the spring semester, learn field techniques and apply them to a research question during the summer, and return in the fall semester to learn data management and analysis and prepare a first-authored manuscript in the spring semester.

Seniors: Although you are not eligible to apply for this year-long research and training program, we are hiring summer field technicians for the point count bird crew at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest where you will receive field training in bird census techniques. Click on the link to view this job advertisement.


During each semester of the academic year, you will register to earn 2-3 research credits in BIOG 2990/4990. During the summer months, the Hubbard Brook Field Ornithology Program provides a weekly stipend and housing at the Likens Conservation Campus on Mirror Lake for 12 weeks.

At a Glance:

Spring 2022

  • Enroll in BIOG 2990, Introduction to Research for 2 credits; develop your research plan, design cohort outreach project

Summer 2022

  • Spend 12 weeks at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest; field training on the black-throated blue warbler crew, conduct independent research project, pilot outreach project
  • Attend the Hubbard Brook Cooperator’s Meeting in July
  • Oral presentation at the Hubbard Brook Undergraduate Research Symposium in August

Fall 2022

  • Enroll in BIOG 4990, Independent Research in Biology for 3 credits; learn data management and analysis, work on manuscript/thesis

Spring 2023

  • Enroll in BIOG 4990, Independent Research in Biology for 3 credits; work on analysis and manuscript/thesis
  • Poster presentation at the Cornell Undergraduate Research Symposium

* Students interested in writing an honors thesis should strongly consider participating in more than one field season, which will allow you to refine your research plan, collect more than one season of data, and strengthen your thesis leading to a scientific publication.

The Program

Our goal is to expose you to the full research process, from project conception and design through field training, data collection and analysis to writing up your project as a first-authored manuscript to submit to a scientific journal. Research is fundamentally time-intensive. You will need to be able to dedicate 8-10 hours a week during the academic semesters.

Each year we support 4 students. Each of you will lead your own independent research project and assist each other. The goal is for each of you to produce a scientific manuscript from your work and for you to be co-authors on each other’s work. You will also work together to develop and participate in an outreach project to broaden the impacts of your bird research to the Hubbard Brook and Ithaca communities.

During each semester of the program, you will be expected to:

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